In these parts St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, is a big deal. In Holyoke, where I was born and where I currently live, SPD is more than a big deal, it's almost a religious cult. The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Holyoke is on the Sunday closest to the actual saint's day, and this year that Sunday is March 18th. There will be floats and marching bands, dignitaries and politicians, colleens and clowns. Thousands will line the route to watch and more will watch on TV. There will be a lot of baby in strollers. A lot of beer and whiskey will be imbibed. The spirit of the fun-loving Irish will be infectious.
So at the bakery, we make a nod to this tradition and offer a few pastries and breads, some traditional, others more inventive. All are offered in the spirit of the first hints of Spring. Even our pastries where the green.
We will also be making our Black and Tan cupcakes- a Guinness Brownie-batter cupcake with a mountain of Irish Whiskey butter cream on top. Picture to follow tomorrow.
All of our St. Patrick's Day treats will be available now 'til the parade.